Midnight Family

  • Luke Lorentzen
  • Mexico, United States
  • 2019
  • 81 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests
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Will 17-year-old ambulance driver Juan Ochoa manage to beat the competition and be first to reach the scene of the accident? It almost seems a game to him as he speeds like a madman through the streets of Mexico City, accompanied by his father and younger brother. But things get serious when they get to their destination: they’ve got some tough work to do.

On top of that, there’s always a chance they’ll have to deal with obstruction from corrupt police officers, or patients who can’t or won’t pay for transportation. Operating a private ambulance is a family business for the Ochoas—a necessary evil in a city where the government funds only 45 ambulances for a population of nine million.

In cinema verité style, American documentary filmmaker Luke Lorentzen shows us what Juan and his family members go through night after night: from the silences before the storms to the intense, heart-pumping moments as they risk life and limb careering through the streets of the metropolis. Lorentzen brings it all up very close in impressive style.

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Thu 21 November - 15:45 - 17:09
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Mon 25 November - 19:00 - 20:41
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Fri 29 November - 16:30 - 17:56
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Highlights from the IDFA program, selected by de Volkskrant film critic Bor Beekman.

Sat 30 November - 10:00 - 17:46
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Sat 30 November - 21:00 - 22:26
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Credits

  • 81 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Luke Lorentzen
Production
Luke Lorentzen for Hedgehog Films, Kellen Quinn for Hedgehog Films, Daniela Alatorre for No Ficción, Elena Fortes for No Ficción
Cinematography
Luke Lorentzen
Editing
Luke Lorentzen
Sound Design
Matías Barberis
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